West Tennessee Heart & Vascular Center – New Name for the State’s Top Center

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Jackson Madison County General Hospital offers complete care for heart patients from diagnosis to open heart surgery.

West Tennessee Healthcare has entered a new era with the West Tennessee Heart & Vascular Center’s range and quality of services.

West Tennessee Heart & Vascular Center at Jackson Madison County General Hospital takes care of more heart attack patients than any other hospital in Tennessee. But if the name is not familiar to you, it’s because the name has just been changed to reflect achieving the highest level of accreditation, impressive quality measures that outpace the nation and a constantly expanding range of services.

The West Tennessee Heart & Vascular Center (WTHVC) has received Chest Pain Center with PCI Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. This is the highest level of accreditation. Commonly known as angioplasty, PCI is a procedure that helps to open narrowed arteries in the heart either with balloon angioplasty or stents. More heart attack patients treated by WTHVC received PCI within 90 minutes or less after arrival than the national average.    

With cardiothoracic surgeons on staff, WTHVC at Jackson Madison County General Hospital is the only hospital in West Tennessee outside Memphis to provide open-heart surgery. The surgeons also utilize the latest minimally invasive procedures for certain valve and bypass operations to reduce recovery time and scarring.
West Tennessee Heart & Vascular Center has earned exceptionally high quality ratings. The 30-day re-admission rate is much lower for both heart attacks and heart failure than the national rates.

“West Tennessee Healthcare has entered a new era with the West Tennessee Heart & Vascular Center’s range and quality of services,” says Deann Montchal, Vice President of Hospital Services. “We’re coordinating care with other hospitals in West Tennessee and with EMTs to make sure that people who experience a heart attack or stroke get the kind of care that saves not just lives, but also preserves heart muscle and brain function, which saves the quality of life as well.”

West Tennessee Heart & Vascular Center uses therapeutic hypothermia, commonly known as “cooling,” that rapidly cools body temperature to preserve brain tissue after cardiac arrest. The new cooling technology used at the WTHVC cools the body from the bloodstream out. Hospitals that have introduced this type of cooling have seen survival rates with good brain function outcomes increase three-fold.

Another reason for the name change is to reflect that vascular care is an integral part of the Center. Vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists are available to dissolve or remove blood clots in the brain. A multidisciplinary team that also includes emergency medicine physicians and neurologists is prepared to evaluate, image and treat patients quickly and to use “clot busting” medication when appropriate for the best recovery.

Blockages of the arteries to the legs, kidneys and brain and even aortic aneurysms can many times be treated with minimally invasive balloons or stents or other new technologies. With a stent-graft treatment, patients of the WTHVC can go home after just one or two days.

Other technological advances will continue to be rolled out at WTHVC. West Tennessee Heart & Vascular Center’s Heart Rhythm Clinic has an electrophysiology lab with the newest technology suite for diagnosing and treating heart rhythm disorders.

Later this spring WTHVC will unveil a new Heart Valve Program that will offer new treatment options. As a comprehensive Center, WTHVC services extend from diagnostics, to treatment, to cardiac rehabilitation.

Recent heart bypass patient and current WTHVC Cardiac Rehabilitation patient Preston Shively said, “If you have to have a heart problem, Jackson Madison County General hospital is the place to be. The people at West Tennessee Heart & Vascular Center were able to diagnose my problems in the cath lab, and since the surgeons were right there they could perform the surgery I needed quickly. The medical team found other health issues I didn’t know I had, and have now helped me recover. Everyone all along way has been wonderful.”

Noting that February is Heart Month, Montchal said, “Creating public awareness is part of our mission as an accredited Chest Pain Center. We want people to recognize the signs of heart attack or stroke – and know that they should always call 911. We’ve coordinated care so that the EMTs are an extension of our team and that means you start getting the care you need immediately.”

The new West Tennessee Heart & Vascular Center name and logo will begin appearing at Jackson Madison County General Hospital, at other hospitals who are coordinating care with the Center and on EMT vehicles. A communications campaign is underway to inform people throughout the area that top accredited care is available to quickly stop a heart attack, and to treat heart and vascular disease.

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